Review: Dageraad The Bright Side Tart Table Saison with Lemons

It's been well over two months since my visit to Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby, BC.. time seriously flies by. Today's choice is The Bright Side Tart Table Saison with Lemons

From the website:Life gave us lemons, and we looked on The Bright Side and made lemon beer. The Bright Side is lightly tart, gently hopped with Citra and Styrian Celeia hops and finished with fresh lemon zest and lemon juice to give it a zing and make it the perfect Summer beer." 4.5% ABV. Ingredients: Malted barley, oats, wheat, lemon zest, lemon juice, hops, water.

Appearance: Lemon yellow body with a light amount of cloudiness - it's fairly clear at the beginning when I first start pouring in the glass but it gets a bit cloudy and hazy the more I pour into the glass. Good amount of carbonation in the body and the head is a dense, snow white head that fizzes away pretty quickly, with it gradually ending up with a half finger worth of head on top of the beer.

Aroma: Full on lemon tartness.. sour. It's a tad vegetal with notes of grain (oats, wheat, barley) and a light floral hop presence. Kind of has a bit of a lemonade aroma to it but without so much sugar.. so.. really I guess like lemons.. huh?

Taste: Quite tart again with full on lemons - I get lots of lemon juice as well as a lemon zest taste in there. The beer is quite grainy - oats pop up out first to give it a bit of a cereal vibe to it. Light amount of barley comes up, a bit of a breadiness from the wheat and yeast. There's a light amount of bubble gum sweetness as well as a light bitter hop presence near the very end. The mouthfeel is fairly dry and quite carbonated, while the aftertaste is oaty with a bit of lemon to it.

Overall Thoughts: Tart lemony Belgian ale with a good amout of oatiness to it, it's a tad sweet, light hoppy bitterness, bright and definitely a sipper of a beer. One thing I don't like is that the aroma reminds me of the Giant Tiger-brand fried chicken's breading I had the other day.. it's likely the grains, but aside from that.. nice tart beer, it's been a while since I've reviewed anything tart or sour.

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